Work

“I don’t like to work,”says Marlowe in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, “but I like what is in the work — the chance to find yourself.”
                 Tools of Titans, Tim Ferris

NPG 1985; Joseph Conrad by Percy AndersonNational Portrait Gallery, London

You may or may not like to work, or like the work you do, but Marlowe’s words ring true: Work provides an opportunity to find yourself.

Practice: Enumerate the things that work has taught you about yourself. When you get to a stopping place, add one more.

Discuss the qualities you like with a friend or colleague. Ask about theirs.

Optional: Consider grieving the qualities you don’t like.  ”Finding yourself ” includes finding selves you regret.

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